At the site where this cathedral is situated now, there once was a much smaller basilica situated which was originally built in the 7th century. Later in the 12th century, this was reconstructed into this massive structure with the help of the funds received from the England’s King Richard I, the Lionheart. Legends have it that he was saved from a shipwreck on the nearby island of Lokrum. So, this cathedral was basically a gift from the King.
This cathedral is the seat of the Diocese of Dubrovnik. Its treasury holds several precious relics including the gold-plated arm, leg and skull of Saint Blaise who is the patron saint of this city. Open on all days of the week, this cathedral can be visited at any time between 7.30am to 6pm. The city of Dubrovnik like Croatia has a majority population of Roman Catholics. You will get to visit a number of well-built churches.